Several police officers have been removed from ‘usual duties’ after a video was posted online showing a scuffle between officers and a group of lads they had stopped.
The video, which was posted on Sunday, shows officers using batons on a man on Upper Sutton Street, Aston, Birmingham.
West Midlands Police released a statement saying: ‘Following the circulation of a video on social media relating to arrests made by WMP officers in Birmingham yesterday, an assessment of the footage continues.’
‘Whilst an assessment is being carried out by experts in the professional standards department, the officers features in the video will not be deployed on usual duties.’
‘We are continuing to gather as much information as swiftly as possible to understand exactly what happened.’
‘A always, we are treating this matter seriously’
Desmond Jaddoo, a community campaigner, claimed the footage showed an unwarranted use of force. In a tweet, he said: “This not the way to conduct stop & search or treat the public. Excessive disproportionate unjustified use force against the BME (black minority ethnic) community.”
A police spokesman said a 20-year-old man arrested for a public order offence had been released under investigation. A 28-year-old male was cautioned for possession of cannabis.